This book "asserts that the origin and spread of languages must be examined primarily through the time-tested techniques of linguistic analysis, rather than those of evolutionary biology" and "defends traditional practices in historical linguistics while remaining open to new techniques, including computational methods" and "will appeal to readers interested in world history and world geography."
Die Sprache und das Schöne [Language and the Beautyful]
Karl Philipp Moritz' Sprachreflexionen in Verbindung mit seiner Ästhetik
Karl Philipp Moritz is best known as the author of the novel "Anton Reiser", and as a scholar of classical aesthetics. However, there is another area of his work – largely overlooked until now – that was extremely important to him: his engagement with language. Against the backdrop of European intellectual history, this book spotlights Moritz as an original grammarian and philosopher of language. It also illustrates the ways that his reflections on language helped develop the methods of thinking that later became the foundation for his aesthetics. In this way, we are provided with a new perspective on Moritz’s entire body of work.